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Leaky Gut Treatment Protocol Phase Two (Seed)

In this next phase, the focus is on planting the ‘seeds’. Killing the bad guys leaves room to add some of the useful bacteria we need in our system.

Using a combination of foods and supplements again is the best way to achieve this. We not only want to add the good guys into our diet, we also want to provide food and a good environment for them to grow.

Cultured vegetables and various fibres like Slippery Elm and psyllium are a great place to start. Instead of juicing, this phase is great for blending green smoothies! The good bacteria thrive on the fibre we are now providing. Again, focussing on vegetables is key and limiting fruit and sugar means that the leftover bad guys are not being fed and allowed to grow and reproduce again. I do not mean that you are never allowed to eat anything sweet again, once the good bacteria have regained their footing and your gut health is optimal, your body is able to cope with a larger variety of foods.

You know your body best

There are so many different theories around..

Which diet works the best: low carb, low fat, high protein, high carb, raw, paleo, 5:2, 16:8 …

Which exercise regime gives the fastest results: hiit, tabata, weights, cardio, boxing …

The options are endless. And confusing!

My amazing friend and personal trainer Kate Martin said: “You know yourself best.”

Trust your instincts, listen to your body.

I know my body responds really well to raw foods. It annoys me when I’m told to add a bit of protein, some fish or eggs. I know I have a leaky gut. I know I need to heal it. And I know how!

However, despite all I know; I have not been successful at creating a routine or strategy that complements my life, my thinking, ….and my excuses.

Which is where hearing what others have to say or what they believe in, helps me fine tune my process.

For instance, the GP I saw (Dr Malcolm MacKay) suggested that some complex carbohydrates in each meal is essential. He means brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Apparently as a means to balancing your blood sugar levels.

I have been avoiding complex carbs like the plague. But it makes sooo much sense to add a tiny bit to enhance satiety. (It doesn’t take much to make you feel satisfied!) And hence enhance success. The challenge is to stop at just a little. So far, it has been an insurmountable challenge. But I will prevail!